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The western coast of Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the Murchison family. Their name is derived from the personal name Murchadh, which means sea warrior.The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Mhurchaidh, meaning son of Murchadh;

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The surname Murchison was first found in Inverness, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. They are believed to be descended from Murdoch, a natural son of Angus Mor of Islay of the Clan Donald. In the 12th and 13th centuries the name assumed the Gaelic MacMurchie but with the growing economic need to blend into the mainland the name became anglicized to Murchison.

Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Murchison has appeared in various documents spelled Murchison, Murcheson, Murchieson, Murquhouson, Murquhosoun, Murckison and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Murchison research. Another 216 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1452, 1541, 1566, and 1685 are included under the topic Early Murchison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Murchison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Murchison or a variant listed above include:

Murchison Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Murchison, who arrived in Georgia in 1736

Murchison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Murchison, aged 34, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Alexander Murchison, who arrived in Jamaica sometime between 1813 and 1825
  • Farguhar Murchison, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1892

Murchison Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alexander Murchison, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
  • John Murchison, aged 25, who emigrated to America from Dalkirth, Scotland, in 1910
  • John Murchison, aged 28, who landed in America from Renten, Scotland, in 1910
  • David Murchison, aged 23, who settled in America from Paisley, Scotland, in 1911
  • Kenneth Murchison, aged 32, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1912
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Murchison Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Murchison U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Keneth Murchison U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 he served in Captain Angus McDonells Company [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Duncan Murchison U.E. who settled in Eastern District, Lancaster [South Glengarry], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York, married with 2 children [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Duncan Murchison, who came to Lancaster, Ontario, Canada in 1796

Murchison Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Donald and Ann Murchison, who settled in Prince Edward Island in 1803
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  • William Polk Murchison (1908-1977), American politician, Mayor of Corsicana, Texas, 1969-71
  • William Murchison, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate from Cumberland County, 1830
  • V. Ione Murchison, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000
  • John Smith Murchison (1878-1961), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Corsicana, Texas, 1925-29, 1935-40
  • John M. Murchison, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Fort Worth, Texas, 1859-60
  • Cormack Murchison, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1940
  • Charles H. Murchison, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1940
  • Alexander Murchison, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate from Cumberland County, 1848-49
  • Kenneth MacKenzie Murchison (1872-1938), American architect
  • Loren C Murchison (1898-1979), American double Olympic gold medal winner
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Impavido pectore
Motto Translation: With undaunted heart.

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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

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  3. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  6. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  9. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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The Murchison Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Murchison Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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